The Ottumwa Courier

April 6, 2013

27 cows reported stolen near Ottumwa

Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — Where’s the beef?

At approximately 8:57 a.m. Wednesday, an Ottumwa farmer reported that 27 of his cows had been stolen from his farm in the 5300 block of 180th Avenue.

The 27 cows — which are mostly black, while some have black and white faces — are each valued at $850, bringing the total value stolen to $22,950.

Wapello County Sheriff Chief Deputy Don Phillips said the cattle were stolen sometime between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. The farmer was in the hospital during some of that time, but when he returned and did a head count, he noticed 27 were missing. Evidence shows someone had been in the fenced-in area.

"But there's absolutely no evidence of where they've gone," Phillips said of the cows. "The problem is we don't have a good time period."

The sheriff's department has called several area sale barns but have had no luck in locating the cows.

If anyone has any information, they can contact the sheriff department at 641-684-4350. “We’ve exhausted the leads we have,” Phillips said.